Continuing series: ROBOTS OF THE FUTURE: ROBOT KITCHEN

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cooking-1013455_960_720How a robot chef is set to replace us all in the kitchen:

When Moley Robotics unveiled its Robot Kitchen at the Consumer Electronics Fair in Shanghai earlier this year, the team was mobbed by technophiles.

The ‘robot kitchen‘ – its final name is still under consideration – consists of a standard kitchen with the usual oven, fridge, dishwasher and small appliances, with one difference: a pair of large robotic arms replacing the cook, complete with humanoid hands that can stir, drizzle and garnish.

Robot kitchen has no artificial intelligence nor sensory adaptations. It rigidly follows a recipe created by a human who has cooked it wearing cyber gloves, while being filmed by 3D motion capture technology. The result is uncanny, the robot kitchen appears to pause and think between stages, just as a human chef would do.

Alina Isachenka, Moley’s operations manager describes the design of robo kitchen:“Many people who watch the robot have an emotional reaction to it. It was really important to make sure it wasn’t scary. It would have been more cost efficient to use a two or three fingered gripper, but people may be scared by that – they don’t want a two fingered robot in their kitchen.
We also made sure that the robot works at the same speed as a human, not fast like industrial machines.”

Moley’s kitchen doesn’t use knives for chopping,preferring instead a food processor, the public is not ready for a knife wielding robot just yet. It also comes with a safety screen which prevents children or pets accessing the technology while it’s cooking – a crucial development for insurers.

The consumer version, which will cost $75,000 (£50,000) won’t be ready until 2018. The company is forecasting sales of 1,000 units to early clients, mainly wealthy City types in that first year.

It will be interesting to see if robot kitchen can get recipes to taste exactly how you want them to, itself it cannot taste and what is cooking if you can’t taste as you go along to see if you maybe need more pepper or salt etc. Perhaps this will be one of those things that can produce a recipe the exact same way over and over again if the person using cyber gloves is able to execute the recipe demonstration for robo kitchen perfectly.

What an amazing world we live in.

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